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Vol. 2 No. 7 September 2003

Firm finds happiness with startup vendor

Jarrett Goetz, senior manager of IT infrastructure at Cambridge, MA-based drug discovery startup Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc., has no regrets over his decision to forgo conventional wisdom and deploy new storage technology from 3PAR, Fremont, CA. Despite the obvious risks, he positively burbles with enthusiasm, calling his new array "incredible," and the "simplest device I've ever had to manage." He says he gets "superb" support from the company, which is eager to build a customer base. Infinity bought a 5TB 3PAR InServ 800 Storage Server to house its Oracle 9i databases, as well as business applications such as Documentum and Exchange. Infinity also opted for remote copy and virtual copy options, and is beginning to use Thin Provisioning, 3PAR's on-the-fly capacity allocation option. Goetz expects the system to grow to approximately 30TB. What makes the 3PAR array so attractive? According to Jesse St. Laurent, director of research and development at Corporate Technologies, Burlington, MA, the VAR that sold Infinity the system,...

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